Back to School: How to Ensure Your Classroom Is Clean

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A clean classroom is important for the health and wellbeing of students. While the task of keeping a room full of active young people clean and tidy may seem daunting, with a bit of organisation and a few rules it is possible.

Professional Cleaning

Classrooms require specialist cleaning to ensure that they are cleaned professionally and to a standard that ensures the health and safety of students. There are minimum cleaning requirements that must be adhered to. Trained staff will also be fully conversant with the use of safe chemicals and cleaning products. For information or advice on profession classroom cleaning services check out this website

Allergy and Asthma Triggers

One of the prime concerns with cleaning in the classroom is to minimise the presence of allergy and asthma triggers. An increasing number of children have allergy issues, making it an essential duty to be aware of triggers and to do what you can to avoid them being present.

Surfaces of desks, cupboards and other tables should be wiped over daily and kept clean from dust. These surfaces should be wet wiped weekly. A feather duster shouldn’t ever be used as this will spread the dust (and allergens) rather than remove it. If the classroom is carpeted it is important that it is vacuumed with a highly efficient cleaner. Teachers should ensure that food and drinks are not taken onto carpeted areas to avoid spills which can lead to mould. Ideally carpet should be steam cleaned regularly. Carpet must be thoroughly dried before use.

Avoid hanging anything that will collect dust, or make a rule to hang for one week only. Streamers, piñatas, mobiles, crafts and projects will all collect dust over time.

While pets may be brought in for show and tell, they must be taken home again. Avoid keeping pets in the classroom.

Remove anything from the classroom that cannot be easily and properly cleaned, things like cushions, mats, throw rugs and stuffed toys.

You will need to be careful with your choice of glues and paints. You need to use non-toxic art supplies and water based materials where possible. Also avoid using air freshener sprays and plug in fresheners.

Mould is a highly dangerous allergen. Make sure any water leaks, water stains, damp or musty areas are reported and dealt with immediately.

Daily Pack Ups

Children should be encouraged to prepare the classroom for the daily cleaning regime. They should place their chairs on their desks to facilitate easy cleaning and also tidy up clutter around the classroom. Cleaners are trained to execute a thorough clean of all surfaces and floors. They do not generally have time to tidy up after children’s activities. The daily pick up will also teach the children to be self-responsible.

De-Clutter

Clutter collects dust and needs to be avoided. Ensure that everything has a place and return things to their place after use. Loose items should be piled into plastic boxes with lids which can be wet wiped weekly.

Sarah Pinkerton

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